1894-03-15 SF Call
BLYTHE'S BLOCK. Its Reconstruction Is "Considered. Discussion as to How the Results of the Late Disastrous Fire Should Be Repaired. Judge Coffey Is not yet able to make up his mind as to whether or not the Blythe block on ; Market * street ought to be renovated. renovated. Public Administrator Freese, who is administrator of tbe estate of Thomas H. Blythe, deceased, wants to rebuild the block— rather tnat weighty portion of it that was destroyed by the recent fire which consumed the premises of the Golden Rule Bazaar. So be bas applied to Judge Coffey to know what is to be done. Attorney Joseph Nnphtaly, speaking on behalf of Davis Brothers, says that tbe firm Is willing to rebuild at its own cost to the extent of $40,000. Moreover, Davis Brothers take all risks, knowing well that they have only a five . years' lease of the property, which reverts to the estate at the expiration of the lease. The only consideration consideration demanded by Davis Brothers, says Mr. Naphtaly, is a reduction of the rent by way of interest on the money expended in reconstruction. But tbe Public Administrator has some lofty ideas. He wishes to rebuild at a cost of 875.000." * With this money he expects to construct two handsome modern buildings, which shall serve as habitations for more than one business firm, the Golden Rule Bazaar of course occupying tbe ground floor.. Plans and estimates are promised, but have not yet been offered. Yesterday afternoon a bushel or so of attorneys connected with the Blythe estate estate appeared before Judge Coffey to discuss discuss tbe proposition. Something must be decided upon, they thought. Attorney Bergin said that he really had not much to do with the business. Tbe prime mover in, the matter was Attorney- Geueral Hart, and be was in Washington. When he returned a consultation might be had, but until then Mr. Bergin requested that the matter remain in abeyance. It was further pointed out tbat although Florence -Hinckley had been awarded the estate by Judge Coffey, yet the controversy was still pending before the Supreme Court, and, according to the ninety days' law, was likely to be decided soon. A decision would naturally affect the interests of ail parlies most materially, and su it would be better to wait. Judge Coffey said: "Only a part of this properly, gentlemen, has been destroyed. The proposition you pot before me is a large one.- It needs consideration. The court want** assurance that it has all these matters within its jurisdiction. I think you had belter file brief-." Mr. Bergin said that the existing leases, with the rights and obligations of lessees, ought to be considered. Let the matter of reconstruction remain in abeyance, except in so far as concerned the guarding against accidents. . L*. M. Hoeffler said he understood that the lessees had proposed to construct a new building at their own expense. Mr. Bergin said that there were more lessees than one, and as far as he knew Davis Bros, were ibe only people to make such a proposition.. Judge Coffey thought it would be a good idea to get an estimate ana opinion from the Administrator as to the plan and cost of rebuilding and the rights and obligations obligations of the lessees. Anyway, everything everything must be according to law. All interested interested parties must bave a say and legal questions must be determined before xnything xnything definite could be arranged. The court, no doubt, had power to build up dilapidations, but whether or not it had the power to reconstruct upon another and more elaborate scale was a question to be determined by authority. ~~ In this way the matter wag continued until Public; Administrator Freese could be more definitely heard from.